Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mary Travers

Mary Travers, whose ringing, earnest vocals with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary made songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” enduring anthems of the 1960s protest movement, died today at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. She was 72 and lived in Redding, Conn.

Peter, Paul and Mary

Recall while at Providence College going to a Peter, Paul, and Mary concert held in Alumni Hall on May 11 1963. Remember that Peter got the audience involved in a sing-along. Sections of the crowd were responsible for different lyrics to the song.

Mr. Stookey, Ms. Travers and Mr. Yarrow in 2006

Also, cannot forget singing "5oo Miles" over and over as I stood freezing at the Westfield interchange hitchhiking home for Christmas vacation one winter.

Mary in 2006

Ms. Travers once told the music magazine Goldmine: "People say to us, 'Oh, I grew up with your music,' and we often say, sotto voce, 'So did we.' "

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